Southern Style Shrimp and Grits

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This mouthwatering Southern Style Shrimp and Grits recipe will have you licking your plate and wishing for more. The shrimp are cooked in a skillet with Cajun seasoning, red pepper, green onions, crispy bacon, and garlic before being spooned over a bed of creamy cheddar grits. This dish comes together quickly and is a favorite among family and friends.

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southern style shrimp and grits recipe

Southern Style Shrimp and Grits are a true classic, and they’re really simple to prepare. To make a comforting meal, top creamy, cheesy grits with shrimp and bacon. Making grits for the first time? It’s a breeze!

This simple shrimp and grits dish calls for only eight ingredients, plus spices, and only a few simple steps. The end product is a rich, creamy, and cozy supper that will quickly become a new favorite!

What you’ll need to prepare this Southern Style Shrimp and Grits recipe


  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup diced cooked turkey kielbasa
  • 4 scallions, whites, and greens separated, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms (button, cremini, or shiitake), stems removed, sliced
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ¹⁄₂ cup low-sodium chicken broth Salt and black pepper to taste
  • ¹⁄₂ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¹⁄₂ cup quick-cooking grits
  • ¹⁄₄ cup shredded Cheddar cheese


Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat until lightly smoking. Add the kielbasa; cook for a few minutes, until lightly browned. Add the scallion whites, garlic, and mushrooms.

Cook until the mushrooms are lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes.

Add the shrimp and continue cooking until the shrimp are just pink and firm to the touch. Stir in the broth and cook for another 3 minutes, until the liquid has reduced by half and the shrimp are cooked all the way through. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne.

While the shrimp are cooking, cook the grits according to the package instructions. When they’re thick and creamy, add the cheese and season with salt and pepper.

Divide the grits and shrimp among 4 bowls and garnish with the scallion greens.

Pairs well with sweet potato biscuits, turnip greens and sweet tea!

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